The 2017-18 Tuition Assistance Fund (T.A.F.) provides tuition rebates to eligible post-funded members to reduce out of pocket tuition payments to a maximum of half the domestic tuition rate ($3,480).

F.A.Q.

Who is eligible to apply to the 2017-18 T.A.F.?

For the September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018 round of the T.A.F., anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply: (a) You performed at least 1 hour of Unit 1 work between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018; (b) You were a post-funded research stream student in the 2017-18 academic year. Post-funded students are students who received a funding package for a certain number of years and who are now continuing in their program beyond their funded years, without a funding package; and (c) You had to pay tuition in the 2017-18 academic year.

Examples of members who may be eligible for the 2017-18 T.A.F. include: 2nd year research stream masters’ students, 4th+ year S.J.Ds., 5th or 6th year research stream Ph.Ds., and 7th year research stream Ph.Ds. making out of pocket tuition payments of more than half the domestic tuition rate.

I have a special circumstance; how will the 2017-18 T.A.F. work for me?

I received a conference, research, and/or travel grant; a Bursary for Students With Disabilities; and/or a U. of T. School of Graduate Studies (S.G.S.) emergency grant. Grants that explicitly reimburse expenses are not counted as funding for the purposes of the T.A.F. Recipients of these grants are more likely to have their disbursements miscalculated. Please check your disbursement amount carefully.

I performed R.A. or casual work in the Social Sciences or Humanities that was paid as T4A rather than T4 income. Members with this type of work are more likely to have their disbursements miscalculated. Please check your disbursement amount carefully.

I graduated! You are still eligible to receive a T.A.F. disbursement for whatever portion of the 2017-18 academic year you were enrolled.

I was not enrolled as a student for the full year (due to a leave, early graduation, late start, etc.). You are still eligible to receive a T.A.F. disbursement for whatever portion of the 2017-18 academic year you were enrolled. Your disbursement will be prorated.

How much money will I get?

The 2017-18 T.A.F. has been allocated $250,000. The fund is fully disbursed each year.

The fund disburses, per member, a tuition rebate of whatever amount is needed to bring out of pocket tuition payments down to a maximum of half the domestic rate for the 2017-18 academic year. The amount of tuition paid out of pocket is based on the amount charged for tuition and the amount received in funding between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. 2017-18 T.A.F. Disbursement = Tuition – Funding – $3,480.

For the purposes of the T.A.F., funding includes: all supervisor stipends, internal and external grants and awards (e.g., D.C.A., O.G.S., S.S.H.R.C., etc.), any T4A R.A.ships (all R.A.ships in the Life and Physical Sciences and Engineering departments and some R.A.ships in other departments), O.S.A.P. and other financial aid grants, and any other funding provided by your supervisor, your department, the university, the Canadian or other government, or other funding bodies. Funding does not include: T4 wages, conference/travel/research grants, O.S.A.P. loans or other financial aid loans, B.S.W.Ds., or S.G.S. emergency grants.

When will I get my money?

Applications for this fund will be open between October 22 and November 16, 2018. Disbursements will follow, at the latest, in the Spring semester

My department is telling me that I can’t register until I pay my ROSI/ACORN balance; is there anything the Union can do to help?

Some departments have allowed members to register upon receipt of a letter from the Union concerning their T.A.F. eligibility.  Although it is not possible to provide a definitive answer as to the amount that an individual will get before the deadline for fund applications, based on a given member’s tuition and funding information from 2017-18, we can provide estimates of what any member is likely to receive.  If you need a letter like this, please contact the secretary-treasurer: st@cupe3902.org.

How do I apply?

A complete application for the T.A.F. will include: (a) a membership card; (b) the 2017-18 T.A.F. Application Form (https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/kruum5u1lwt20u/); and (c) supporting documentation—this will include your 2017-18 ROSI/ACORN Invoice, your 2017-18 E.S.S. paystubs, and documentation for any funding (excluding T4 wages and any grants that explicitly reimburse expenses, e.g., travel grants) not captured on your invoice/paystubs.

You will receive an immediate confirmation email for each application you submit. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not receive a confirmation email you did not successfully submit the application.

If you do not have (a) a membership card (i.e., you do not have a C.U.P.E. No., found on the left-hand side of the Portal home page), fill out a Membership Application Form (found on the ‘Forms’ tab). PLEASE NOTE: processing membership applications can take up to four (4) business days. Failure to fill out a membership application in a timely way (i.e., less than five days before the deadline) is not grounds for submitting a late application.

Applications will be accepted between October 22 and November 16, 2018.